All people should be able to breathe tobacco-free air and have access to the tools they need to help them quit using tobacco.
Many tobacco users did not fully understand the harms of tobacco when they started using it. And, many current tobacco users want to quit. People who do not use tobacco products have the right to breathe tobacco-free and smoke-free air. NCAH’s policy priorities aim to increase funding for and access to commercial tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and services and implement other evidence-based tobacco control policies.
- Support implementation of federal menthol regulations
- Promote technical corrections to the 2023 state budget
- Grow the coalition and connect with new partners across the state
Prevention and Cessation
Commercial tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and services are critical to reduce tobacco use in North Carolina, and are key components of comprehensive tobacco control efforts. Education campaigns and access to cessation services like QuitlineNC are becoming even more important as e-cigarette use continues to rise.
NCAH advocates for recurring state appropriations for robust, evidence-based tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and services.
Over the past few years NCAH has successfully begun to restore funding to tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and services.
NCAH has secured more than $2.75 million in nonrecurring funding for prevention programs and $750,000 in recurring funding for cessation programs since 2016. However, not all funding was implemented due to budget vetoes.
Increasing taxes on commercial tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, remains a crucial piece of robust tobacco control policy efforts. North Carolina’s current cigarette tax is one of the lowest in the country. Raising North Carolina’s cigarette tax, and its tax on other tobacco products, is essential to reduce tobacco use in the state.
NCAH advocates for an significant increase in excise taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and all other tobacco products in parity.
NCAH was founded to advocate for an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette tax, which was increased by $.35 in 2005.
NCAH continues to look for opportunities to increase the cigarette tax as well as taxes on other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Places
Smoke-free and tobacco-free places protect the public from secondhand smoke exposure. They also motivate tobacco users to quit. NCAH continues to support localities in expanding their smoke-free and tobacco-free policies to the greatest extent possible, given the preemptive policies put in place by the NC General Assembly.
NCAH advocates for evidence-based policies that protect public health by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
NCAH’s most significant success was the passage of the smoke-free bars and restaurants law in 2009, which made all bars and restaurants in North Carolina smoke-free.
NCAH has also helped implement smoke-free policies in other places, including the NC General Assembly building, state government buildings, and local government buildings.
NCAH also seeks to repeal preemption to allow localities to implement smoke-free and tobacco-free policies that are more restrictive than currently permitted.
In late 2019, the federal government passed a law raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. While this law is being implemented in North Carolina, some changes are required to North Carolina’s own youth access law to ensure the effectiveness of raising the age.
NCAH advocates for policies that support the implementation of an effective Tobacco 21 law in North Carolina, including retailer licensing.
This campaign is underway in response to the federal change made at the end of 2019.
E-cigarette use, especially by youth, has risen exponentially in recent years. E-cigarettes are categorized as tobacco products in North Carolina. NCAH’s tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts also include specific messaging and focus on the dangers of e-cigarette use.
NCAH advocates for recurring state appropriations for robust, evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs and services.
Over the past few years NCAH has successfully begun to restore funding to tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and service, including e-cigarette use.
E-cigarettes are tobacco products under North Carolina law. NCAH advocates for e-cigarette use prevention and cessation as part of broader tobacco use prevention and cessation campaigns.
Ending the Sale of Menthol and Flavored Tobacco Products